Category Archives: sports

Paddling in Olaf

We’re all familiar with Frozen’s silly snowman, Olaf, by now, and his great dreams of relaxing in the summer sun…..

 orange-music-note-hiI’ll finally see
a summer breeze
Blow away a winter storm
And find out what happens to solid water
When it gets warm                            orange-music-note-hi

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Unfortunately, for him, it is not a reality, but for Nick and his Awesome team…. well…

 

 

last week, they got to go to Horsetooth Reservoir   in order to kayak with Adaptive Recreation Opportunities.

At the reservoir, Nick got to celebrate all things summer; relaxation, sunshine, and friends!

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Nick spent time with C.A.S.T. for Kids event planner, Bill, one of his favorite fishing buddies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here he is with 2 of his favorite longtime friends, who love water sports just as much as he does!: Dolan and Hannah Williams-Doss.

 

 

Nick loved having another adventure on the reservoir with his newest friend, Taben Winter. They explored the whole cove, while successfully avoiding all of the dangers of the water (beavers, man-eating catfish, and killer snails!)  Nick says “Taben is great at paddling!”

 

IMG_1359A thank you to great folks at Adaptive Adventures- here is Chris…and his make-up guy!

 

 

 

 

It is important to remember to enjoy the seasons, and take advantage of what your surroundings have to offer.   This kind of thinking helps Nick and his team stay positive and work hard (when they are not playing!)

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Below is Nick’s bucket list for the summer.

  1. Go to 6 flags amusement park. Make my brother scream!!

  2. Play in the yard

  3. Swim at the beach

  4. Attend summer concerts

  5. Remain excited, happy, and cheerful

Don’t spend the summer melting away…take a few minutes to decide:

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What’s on your summer bucket list?

Ripple Effect Helps Awesome in Action introduce Ninja Nick!

Up block, Up block, side block, side block, punch, punch…..

 

 

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Last month, Nick and his job coach had the pleasure of including several students in the production of a promotional video for Awesome in Action. Working with students at Ripple Effect in a real live classroom setting helped Nick and his Awesome in Action team realize just how dedicated these individuals are. In this black belt immersion program, students are extremely disciplined and astonishingly talented.

 

 

Although we had a blast, it was a  challenge to persevere through several hours of filming.

 

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All involved had to remain focused and give it their best in order to create the best shots for the film.  For the younger actors, this was especially tough!

 

 

Thank you to all of the film participants, You were all great actors, and we loved working with each and every one of you!

 

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Special kudos and thanks, to “ninja Nick” (Nate Zwisler, who will be 12 in July), who had quite the work out during the battle scene.

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Nick and his team had so much fun watching Nate battle 3 adult instructors, and pile them on top of each other over and over again for the film! We got tired of counting the number of takes that were filmed of this scene, but Nate NEVER got tired! He is a very resilient and hard working karate master!

 

 

 

 

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Hiya! Nate always had a strong finishing battle cry!

 

 

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Nick  especially loved chasing Nate down in his own battle at the end of the filming session.

 

We are so excited to see THAT epic battle footage!

 

 

 

 

We are lucky to utilize the experienced and talented videographer, Jamie Peak, and her team. Jamie worked hard with all involved to get the shots she needed for her video creation.

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In addition, Cindy Peak, a director and actress in the Encore! Encore! organization, is working with Awesome in Action as the director in this soon-to-be released quality short film!

 

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Nick says he feels “honored, happy, and proud,” that these two great organizations and all the amazing people within them have teamed up to help him bring to life a vision that he has been talking about for over a year!